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In March 2019, the World Health Organisation (WHO) revealed that globally, more than 300 million people of all ages are suffering from depression, and a majority of them are women. “Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide and is a major contributor to the overall global burden of disease. At its worst, depression can lead to suicide”.
In sadness, you might feel regret or remorse for something you said or did, but you won’t experience any permanent sense of worthlessness or guilt as you might with depression. One of the diagnostic features of depression is this kind of self-diminishing, negative thought patterns.
The below image is the PET scan of a person with depression
People spend millions on treatments with doctors who prescribe them anti-depressant pills but the issue has not been resolved. First let us understand, WHAT EXACTLY IS DEPRESSION?
Depression, known as major depressive disorder or clinical depression, is a common and serious mood disorder. Those who suffer from depression experience persistent feelings of sadness and hopelessness and lose interest in activities they once enjoyed. Aside from the emotional problems caused by depression, individuals can also present with a physical symptom such as chronic pain or digestive issues. To be diagnosed with depression, symptoms must be present for at least two weeks.
Depression is the conflict of loss. There are intense emotions that people go through where they have lost their loved ones due to betrayal or death. There could have been experiences of separation where people have lost their loved ones. These intense experiences can create for some people a trauma of depression. It’s very sad when some people casually say, “oh! Why are you feeling this way? You are not depressed, you are just feeling sad! Go enjoy the movie”. This can be a very careless attitude to deal with people having depression. People don’t know what depression is. Depression is a medical disease and it happens psychologically because of intense experiences of loss.
It happens due to a FIGHT AND FLIGHT MECHANISM. In ancient times, if you were a tribal and would’ve seen a wolf probably you would’ve fought that wolf. If you would’ve seen a lion then you would’ve run away- this is flight mode. In the modern world, FIGHT becomes ANGER and FLIGHT becomes DEPRESSION. That means you literally go inwards because of the defense mechanism that you want to run away from the situation. So these people are physically present but mentally somewhere else.
THAT IS THE TRUE STATE OF DEPRESSION – THE FEELING OF TERRIBLE LOSS, SOMEWHERE DEEP DOWN INSIDE THEIR HEART.
The solution for Healing Depression is to offload the emotional toxins stored in the unconscious mind which is 88-90% part of your brain. The unconscious mind stores all the memories and experiences of terrible loss and can be cleared through the detoxification process of Karma Yoga Healing.